Meet Leanne Hodgetts: she is working on her large mural Beach in the picture above. Enjoy reading about her and seeing images of her varied work.

Leanne's career demonstrates her strong commitment to creative projects which challenge people to share ideas, skills and knowledge and to pursue and achieve outcomes which can inspire and be celebrated by the wider community.

 

Success with a small mural commission with a community group led to a series of requests and she very quickly established a reputation for being able to manage even the most challenging community art projects.

One such project was a six-month community mural commission in Launceston, both supervising and creatively working with twelve young people who had been classified as long-term unemployed.

This project aimed not only to create a work of merit and teach painting technique, but critically to learn and practice the daily skills needed to be able to sustain employment. Leanne's gentle nature was put to the test but she remained focussed and disciplined. She still enjoys friendships from a number of people from this group.

With a strong community focus, Leanne has worked as an artist with the aged, with children, including very young children in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory, as well as with people with a range of disabilities, both physical and intellectual.

Leanne is a visual artist who has lived most of her life in the Lilydale area, first in Karoola and now in Turners Marsh.

She started painting in oils, but when she had the first of her three children she switched to acrylic as it was much more practical - easy to set up, quick to dry and workable around kids. When her youngest was five, Leanne determined to return to art as a career.

While Leanne thrives in her community work, she also has her own artistic practice. She enjoys experimenting with different media, finding herself spending time working on one medium then returning to those she has not used for some years.

Leanne has been described as being meticulous in her work, though when asked if she thought was so she replied, "Maybe..........". This led to a discussion about the difficulty of determining when a work is finished, and the high standards she sets for her work.  

Leanne has a reputation as a fine portrait painter, and she enjoys these commissions, finding each one different. Leanne commented that she needs to be a good listener to understand what the person was hoping for in the portrait, and she also needs to be effective at explaining how she felt she should approach the work.

Leanne has been inspired by her artistic family with her father active in lead-lighting and wood-work and her husband Richard who is a painter and art teacher. Leanne has been the inspiration for others, not only her artistic and musical children, but also for many people working in the arts. Leanne was one of the people who galvanised local artists to be part of the Upper Piper Arts & Crafts Cooperative that opened in November 2011. She also inspires others by her work as a wildlife carer.

For Leanne, the hope for the future is for more time to work on her own artistic practices. She is experimenting with wood and is looking forward to a new set of challenges in mastering the new and very different techniques required. As with her painting, her work in wood will be carefully thought out and  meticulously crafted.

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Contact Leanne: leannehodgetts@hotmail.com 

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See more of Leanne's workUpper Piper Arts & Crafts
Cooperative
Old Library, Main Street Lilydale.  

The Cooperative is open Fridays to Mondays 10 am to 4 pm.

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